Newsd is the digital media partner for DCLF which started on April 19 and will continue till April 22 in Dehradun.In the session titled, ‘Decoding Devlok and Devdutt’, Pattanaik was seen in an engrossing conversation with Jujhar Singh on Dharma, Karma and Devdutt.
Speaking about scriptures, Pattanaik said that Indian wisdom is based on conversation and not text. He believes that karma is the ecosystem of actions and reactions.
The third day of the four-day long Dehradun Community Literature Festival witnessed some riveting sessions.
The day began with a session on ‘Ajeeb Shakhs Tha’ by Dr. Saif Mahmood and Pervaiz Alam. They discussed Manto, feminism and Urdu poetry. Saif Mahmood is a New Delhi-based literary personality, Urdu poetry and literature expert, culturist, commentator, critic, translator and rights activist.
Pervaiz Alam, a well-known broadcast journalist, read out excerpts written by Indo-Pakistani writer and playwriter Saadat Hasan Manto during India-Pakistan partition.
A session dedicated to children was also conducted. Author Ranjit Lal, Santhini Govindan and Dr. Jonathan Long held a session on the topic, ‘I want to hear a story’. They discussed the importance of children’s literature and storytelling and the session was moderated by Priyanka Bhattacharya.
This was followed by a session on ‘God & Me’ by author Hindol Sengupta and Arundhathi Subramaniam. The session was moderated by Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Burman.
The concluding session was on ‘Indian Women’. Authors Malavika Rajkotia and Maya Mirchandani spoke on gender equation underpinning the Indian society. Rajkotia, an Indian lawyer, has been recognized as one of the country’s most successful and respected divorce lawyers. The session was moderated by Daleep Akoi, Nazia Yusuf Izzudin.